Drink-driving cases spur advice from judge
More than a dozen people were convicted for drink-driving and driving-related offending when they appeared in the Alexandra District Court on January 29.
Judge Dominic Flatley repeatedly told defendants it was very difficult to calculate the ability to drive after drinking, and it was better not to drink at all if circumstances meant they had to drive.
Matthew William Craig, 23, of Owaka, drove a truck belonging to Darlings Orchard at Ettrick on December 27 in an "expensive and stupid prank".
Craig and friends had stopped at the fruit stall and found the keys in the truck. He decided to drive it around the block but crashed it into a building. He was fined $850 for driving with a breath alcohol level of 835mcg, fined $750 for theft of the truck and disqualified from driving for eight months.
Peter Norman Byrne, 59, kitchen hand, of Cromwell, 522mcg, December 14. Fined $550 and disqualified for six months.
Shane Alan Ashby, 29, leading hand, of Clyde, 477mcg, December 13. Fined $750 and disqualified for eight months.
Nicholas Andrew Martin, 29, of Cromwell, 493mcg, January 11. Fined $750 and disqualified for eight months.
Tomas Jelinek, 31, fruit picker, of Roxburgh, 513mcg on January 4. Fined $550 and disqualified for six months.
Carlo Fabrizzio Vaccaro-Miza, 39, of Dunedin, 810mcg at Alexandra on January 4. Fined $850 and disqualified for six months.
Shane Richard Maclean, 18, builder apprentice, of Cromwell, 573mcg on January 26. Fined $600 and disqualified for six months.
Bronson Hemi Tumai, 25, of Roxburgh, 641mcg on December 14. Fined $675 and disqualified for six months.
Cameron Russell Bennie, 17, of Springvale, 375mcg on December 15. Fined $400 and disqualified for four months.
David Jacob Reinds, 24, 111mg, on November 23. Fined $1000 and disqualified for nine months.
Mary-Ann Louise Ainge, 36, waitress, of Cromwell, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for possessing offensive weapons on January 10. Ainge, carrying a knife and a softball bat, had flagged down a passing motorist, who believed she was trying to escape the house, but, after driving Ainge to a friend's house returned her to her own home then reported the matter to police. Officers found Ainge standing on the roof of her car brandishing a pair of garden shears. Duty solicitor Tim Cadogan said Ainge had no explanation for her behaviour other than she had something that did not agree with her.
Carrie Angela Ahu, 40, of Cromwell, was sentenced to 12 months' supervision to include a stopping violence programme for assault on December 15.
Gus William John Findlay-Reid, 18, farmer, was fined $500 for theft of an iPhone in Queenstown on December 17.
Balin Day Hamilton, 20, of Makarewa, labourer, was disqualified for six months from September 5 for driving while disqualified at Alexandra on January 4.
Amanda Louise Brown, 28, of Wanaka, was disqualified for six months from February 10 and fined $500. Her licence was suspended on January 13 after speeding at 144kmh. She was stopped behind the wheel again in Cromwell later that day.
Joshua Thomas Crabbe, 18, chef, of Clyde, December 12 at Milton. Disqualified for six months from March 4.
Anastazia Puklowski, 18, of Christchurch, on January 1. Disqualified for six months from March 22.
Kym Summer Rollo, 36, of Cromwell, was fined $500 and disqualified for six months for a sustained loss of traction on December 28.
Bradley Mcconnell Pako, 17, of Cromwell, was fined $400 and disqualified for six months for driving in a sustained loss of traction on January 3.
The Southland Times